Mera: Tidebreaker trailer reveals the future queen’s struggle

Mera: Tidebreaker cover art by Stephen Byrne. Photo: DC Comics
Mera: Tidebreaker cover art by Stephen Byrne. Photo: DC Comics /

Mera: Tidebreaker is the graphic novel to launch DC’s new YA imprint DC Ink, and a new trailer reveals the future queen’s struggle between duty and love.

After the widespread success of Aquaman, Mera has gone mainstream like never before and appropriately it’s her story in Mera: Tidebreaker that will launch DC’s newest young adult imprint DC Ink. To celebrate the occasion, DC Comics has released a new trailer for the upcoming book, which is written by Danielle Paige and illustrated by Stephen Byrne.

Mera: Tidebreaker takes place when Mera is a teenager. Though she’s a teenager, the young queen-to-be is forced to choose between duty and her growing feelings for Arthur Curry. Is there a way she can save her people and fall in love at the same time?

Paige, known for her New York Times bestselling work on Dorothy Must Die and Stealing Snow, is thrilled about her foray into Mera’s story, saying in a statement from DC:

"I am so excited for everyone who doesn’t know Mera to get to know her! Mera has her own epic saga which begins long before she meets Aquaman. In Mera: Tidebreaker, we follow Mera from her warrior princess beginnings to her not-so-cute meet with Arthur Curry a.k.a. Aquaman."

Unlike most love at first sight stories, Mera and Arthur don’t hit it off right away. Paige continued:

"Mera is poised to kill Arthur, only to find that her mission is complicated by the feelings she begins to develop for the future king. Drawn by the incredible artist Stephen Byrne and beautifully colored by David Calderon, Mera has to choose between duty or love…and possibly stop a war."

Though the DC Ink imprint is geared for the YA crowd, the stories have mass appeal for readers of all ages. Based on previews, the story will provide key background for new fans while giving established fans a new medium to enjoy. Byrne, whose work appeared in the recently released Wonder Twins #1, dazzles in Mera: Tidebreaker as the young princess comes alive on the page in bold colors that help move the story along.

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Mera: Tidebreaker will be available everywhere on April 2, 2019, and is available for preorder now.